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Red Jacket sees Santa

21/04/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Red Jacket Press announces a new facsimile reproductions of a vintage SF and Fantasy novel: the 1948 Arkham House edition of "Roads" by Seabury Quinn, featuring illustrations by fantasy artist Virgil Finlay.

Drawing upon the legends that coalesced over centuries into the familiar, jolly form of Saint Nicholas, Seabury Quinn weaves a new origin for this children's icon.

First published in the January 1938 issue of Weird Tales (and released later that same year as a limited pamphlet edition from publisher Conrad H. Ruppert), this re-imagining of Santa Claus was hailed by genre historian Sam Moskowitz as, "The greatest adult Christmas story written by an American."

Red Jacket's limited edition facsimile reprint volume is a reproduction of the original 1948 Arkham House first edition, packaged in a gift box that includes a booklet with biographical information about the author and illustrator. (The dust jacket and gift box both feature the metallic gold ink of the original Arkham House edition.)

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